Christmas in Motion Part 1

Welcome to December and the launch into Christmas festivities!  This is the time of year when everything seems to get really busy with parties, decorating, concerts, activities, shopping, wrapping, baking, etc.  Truth be told, when the calendar turns to December, I always feel like I need to tighten my seat belt because life goes from fast to warp speed.  Sometimes I resent the speed and hustle of Christmas, but I’ve been thinking about Jesus’ birth and how there was activity and motion around His birth. 

Christmas in Motion: Joseph and Mary (Miracles)

The holidays are a season of activity and motion. This Christmas, let’s stay in motion so that God can steer us in our pursuit of Jesus, who was God’s gift and expression of love for us.

Conversations with Jesus – The Big Reveal Sermon

Enjoy this sermon from Sarah! She continues her series on conversations with Jesus, and explores the contrasts between the sinner woman and Mary during dinner with Jesus. Follow along in Luke 7:36-50, and John 12.

Who Will You Be?

Sarah wraps up her discussion of meals with Jesus, and gives us some things to consider!

Interview with Barry Bennett!

Join Sarah as she interviews teacher and missionary, Barry Bennett. Barry is a teacher from Andrew Wommack’s Charis Bible College in Woodland Park, Colorado. Healed from stage 4 cancer, he has a passion for the healing ministry and teaching all how to access it.

Do You Like to Laugh?

I like to laugh in the whole range of laughing.  I like the little chuckles that I get when something is humorous.  I like the spontaneous big laughs that happen from a surprising and funny experience or witty exchange.  And I love the laughing that’s so massive that my belly aches and my eyes water.  If you watch my YouTube channel or follow me on Instagram, you have probably heard me whip out a stupid joke, something corny and groan worthy.  But no matter how bad my jokes are, I still like to laugh and I’m very convinced that it’s good to laugh!

Pausing with purpose: Pausing To Process

Do you ever find yourself in a rush? Trying to do many things at once and not getting a lot done? Sometimes we need to take a pause to get focused and listen to what Holy Spirit is trying to tell us. In this series, join Sarah as she talks about the importance and values of taking a pause while giving examples of when Jesus took pauses in his life.

Love Jesus More

Sarah discusses how Judas gets cranky about money, and Simon gets cranky about sin. Jesus speaks to the cranky and pours love into it. Sarah also reminds us we must love Jesus more than anything!

Managing Expectations

What do you expect from God?  Do you think that if you obey God’s directives in your life that you will live a struggle free life?  There are a lot of times when we read the Bible, we pray, extend our faith, trust God and hope that our efforts and obedience to God will facilitate a life of greater ease and less struggle.  And no doubt, we can find lots of scenarios in the Bible that could affirm this transactional mentality. In the Bible, we can find a plethora of verses which confirm, “If I do everything right, according to godly principles, then my life will be smooth, prosperous and devoid of hardship.” 

Pausing with Purpose: Pausing to Recover

Do you ever find yourself in a rush? Trying to do many things at once and not getting a lot done? Sometimes we need to take a pause to get focused and listen to what Holy Spirit is trying to tell us. In this series, join Sarah as she talks about the importance and values of taking a pause while giving examples of when Jesus took pauses in his life.

Snips and Quips for Practical Living

Over the course of some recent months, I’ve had the opportunity to enjoy reading and discussing the book of Proverbs.  My discussions have been with various people in my church, folk who have a wide array of life experiences, diverse ages, different religious perspectives and political persuasions.  It’s both interesting and comforting to me that Proverbs has wisdom for all of us, no matter our age, experiences and points of view. 

Gratitude: Filled with Everlasting Love

You may be used to hearing about giving thanks in November, but have you ever considered the gratitude that Jesus showed throughout the Gospels? In this series, we’ll look at three different situations where Jesus gave thanks, and finish in the Psalms on Thanksgiving Day. These aren’t your usual teachings on gratitude, so we encourage you to watch each episode!

Gratitude: He Was Broken for You

You may be used to hearing about giving thanks in November, but have you ever considered the gratitude that Jesus showed throughout the Gospels? In this series, we’ll look at three different situations where Jesus gave thanks, and finish in the Psalms on Thanksgiving Day. These aren’t your usual teachings on gratitude, so we encourage you to watch each episode!

Gratitude: He Always Hears You

You may be used to hearing about giving thanks in November, but have you ever considered the gratitude that Jesus showed throughout the Gospels? In this series, we’ll look at three different situations where Jesus gave thanks, and finish in the Psalms on Thanksgiving Day. These aren’t your usual teachings on gratitude, so we encourage you to watch each episode!

Gratitude: Bless Your Provision

You may be used to hearing about giving thanks in November, but have you ever considered the gratitude that Jesus showed throughout the Gospels? In this series, we’ll look at three different situations where Jesus gave thanks, and finish in the Psalms on Thanksgiving Day. These aren’t your usual teachings on gratitude, so we encourage you to watch each episode!

Pausing with purpose: Pausing for What’s Next

Do you ever find yourself in a rush? Trying to do many things at once and not getting a lot done? Sometimes we need to take a pause to get focused and listen to what Holy Spirit is trying to tell us. In this series, join Sarah as she talks about the importance and values of taking a pause while giving examples of when Jesus took pauses in his life.

Dinner with Jesus

Sarah compares and contrasts the sinner woman and Mary, and how they each expressed their love to Jesus in similar ways!

The Difficult People

What kinds of people are difficult for you?  Do you struggle with people who have different points of view than your perspective?  Are you challenged with people who are unkind and/or self-absorbed?  Do people who are less-than-moral bother you?  Do you get cranky with self-righteousness folk? 

When Jesus Disappoints: Lazarus and Jesus

Should Christians ever be disappointed in Jesus? Have you ever been disappointed in Jesus? Instead of denying or ignoring our disappointment, let’s dig into what it may be like to experience frustration or even disillusionment in Jesus. Using John 11 as our guide, this series will peel back the layers on expectations, assumptions, and the reality of what it’s like to be in a season of disappointment. Get ready to be encouraged by Jesus’ interactions with each person in this biblical account, how He handled their unmet expectations and ended up giving them so much more than they could have ever imagined!

Pausing with Purpose: Pausing to Prepare

Do you every find yourself in a rush? Trying to do many things at once and not getting a lot done? Sometimes we need to take a pause to get focused and listen to what Holy Spirit is trying to tell us. In this series, join Sarah as she talks about the importance and values of taking a pause while giving examples of when Jesus took pauses in his life.

When Jesus Disappoints: The Spectators and Jesus

Should Christians ever be disappointed in Jesus? Have you ever been disappointed in Jesus? Instead of denying or ignoring our disappointment, let’s dig into what it may be like to experience frustration or even disillusionment in Jesus. Using John 11 as our guide, this series will peel back the layers on expectations, assumptions, and the reality of what it’s like to be in a season of disappointment. Get ready to be encouraged by Jesus’ interactions with each person in this biblical account, how He handled their unmet expectations and ended up giving them so much more than they could have ever imagined!

What Are Your Routines?

Do you have things that you do every day, like brushing your teeth, wearing deodorant, changing clothes, making coffee / tea, etc.?  It’s important to look at what we do or don’t do every day because such routines will predict our future in these respective areas.  For example, for many years, I didn’t have the routine of flossing my teeth consistently.  As a result, my dental hygienist would spend lots of time at each cleaning scraping my teeth, my gums would bleed, and I never enjoyed these appointments.  As I’ve begun to integrate consistent flossing into my daily habits, my dental appointments have been lots quicker and significantly less painful. 

Following Jesus

In our modern world, we have lots of people who say that they want to be Jesus followers.  I am one of those people and I find it very challenging to be a Jesus follower.  I suspect that my challenges aren’t much different than those who followed Him during His physical existence and those who followed Him shortly after His resurrection. 

Interview with P. Brian Noble!

Join Sarah as she interviews special guest, Brian Noble. P. Brian Noble is an everyday guy who loves Jesus. He has been married for 20 years, and he’s a founder and CEO of Peacemaker Ministries.

Sheep, Shepherd and Shams Part 4

Join Sarah as she explores John chapters 9 and 10. This relevant teaching on sheep (us), the shepherd (Jesus), and shams (impostors) will help you learn to follow the Good Shepherd, recognize neutral and negative voices, and experience what relationship with Jesus is actually like.

When Jesus Disappoints: Mary and Jesus

Should Christians ever be disappointed in Jesus? Have you ever been disappointed in Jesus? Instead of denying or ignoring our disappointment, let’s dig into what it may be like to experience frustration or even disillusionment in Jesus. Using John 11 as our guide, this series will peel back the layers on expectations, assumptions, and the reality of what it’s like to be in a season of disappointment. Get ready to be encouraged by Jesus’ interactions with each person in this biblical account, how He handled their unmet expectations and ended up giving them so much more than they could have ever imagined!

When Jesus Disappoints: Martha and Jesus

Should Christians ever be disappointed in Jesus? Have you ever been disappointed in Jesus? Instead of denying or ignoring our disappointment, let’s dig into what it may be like to experience frustration or even disillusionment in Jesus. Using John 11 as our guide, this series will peel back the layers on expectations, assumptions, and the reality of what it’s like to be in a season of disappointment. Get ready to be encouraged by Jesus’ interactions with each person in this biblical account, how He handled their unmet expectations and ended up giving them so much more than they could have ever imagined!

Conversing with Jesus

We learn about Mary’s reaction to Jesus coming after Lazarus’s death. Instead of talking like Martha had, Mary is emotional. Jesus wept. Through this example we learn that Jesus speaks to us by how we are on the inside, emotional or calm, he will converse with us.

Let Jesus Exceed Expectations!

We have limitations that we project onto Jesus’ abilities. We need to give him the opportunity to exceed our expectations!

Thinking About Seasons

Have you noticed the change in the weather?  Have the leaves on the trees begun to make a little bit of change in their color?  Have you observed the sun rising a little later, setting a little sooner?  Are you using your air conditioning less?  And have you seen some changes with the birds?  We are definitely changing seasons, moving away from summer and into the fall season with cooler temperatures, shorter days and maybe the hummingbirds are deciding to go where it’s warmer. 

Walking On Water Part 3

Are you caught in the middle of a stormy circumstance? Do you feel like you can’t see Jesus because of the waves crashing around you? Gain inspiration from this timely word on reaching for Jesus during distracting or difficult seasons.

Deconstructed Healing Part 1

Are you or someone you love, sick or injured? Do you need healing? Receive hope through this series on John 5:1-16, when Jesus heals the man at the pool of Bethesda. Sarah makes timely observations on the adversity, attitude, agreement, and action that accompany healing. Listen and be encouraged!

Deconstructed Healing Part 2

Are you or someone you love, sick or injured? Do you need healing? Receive hope through this series on John 5:1-16, when Jesus heals the man at the pool of Bethesda. Sarah makes timely observations on the adversity, attitude, agreement, and action that accompany healing. Listen and be encouraged!

Deconstructed Healing Part 3

Are you or someone you love, sick or injured? Do you need healing? Receive hope through this series on John 5:1-16, when Jesus heals the man at the pool of Bethesda. Sarah makes timely observations on the adversity, attitude, agreement, and action that accompany healing. Listen and be encouraged!

Deconstructed Healing Part 4

Are you or someone you love, sick or injured? Do you need healing? Receive hope through this series on John 5:1-16, when Jesus heals the man at the pool of Bethesda. Sarah makes timely observations on the adversity, attitude, agreement, and action that accompany healing. Listen and be encouraged!

Show & Tell Part 1

Do you remember having “show and tell” in school? Where each student gets to show their assets and tell their classmates all about it? Join Sarah in this series on John 8:1-11, when Jesus’ teaching was interrupted by the Pharisees, with bringing in a woman caught in the act of sin. In that moment, the attention was taken off Jesus by putting the woman in the spotlight to be humiliated. Watch as Sarah makes deep connections about having a learner’s mindset, a humble heart, and a forgiving nature.

Show & Tell Part 2

Do you remember having “show and tell” in school? Where each student gets to show their assets and tell their classmates all about it? Join Sarah in this series on John 8:1-11, when Jesus’ teaching was interrupted by the Pharisees, with bringing in a woman caught in the act of sin. In that moment, the attention was taken off Jesus by putting the woman in the spotlight to be humiliated. Watch as Sarah makes deep connections about having a learner’s mindset, a humble heart, and a forgiving nature.

Show & Tell Part 3

Do you remember having “show and tell” in school? Where each student gets to show their assets and tell their classmates all about it? Join Sarah in this series on John 8:1-11, when Jesus’ teaching was interrupted by the Pharisees, with bringing in a woman caught in the act of sin. In that moment, the attention was taken off Jesus by putting the woman in the spotlight to be humiliated. Watch as Sarah makes deep connections about having a learner’s mindset, a humble heart, and a forgiving nature.

Show & Tell Part 4

Do you remember having “show and tell” in school? Where each student gets to show their assets and tell their classmates all about it? Join Sarah in this series on John 8:1-11, when Jesus’ teaching was interrupted by the Pharisees, with bringing in a woman caught in the act of sin. In that moment, the attention was taken off Jesus by putting the woman in the spotlight to be humiliated. Watch as Sarah makes deep connections about having a learner’s mindset, a humble heart, and a forgiving nature.

Sheep, Shepherd and Shams Part 1

Join Sarah as she explores John chapters 9 and 10. This relevant teaching on sheep (us), the shepherd (Jesus), and shams (impostors) will help you learn to follow the Good Shepherd, recognize neutral and negative voices, and experience what relationship with Jesus is actually like.

Sheep, Shepherds, and Shams Part 2

Join Sarah as she explores John chapters 9 and 10. This relevant teaching on sheep (us), the shepherd (Jesus), and shams (impostors) will help you learn to follow the Good Shepherd, recognize neutral and negative voices, and experience what relationship with Jesus is actually like.

Sheep, Shepherd, and Shams Part 3

Join Sarah as she explores John chapters 9 and 10. This relevant teaching on sheep (us), the shepherd (Jesus), and shams (impostors) will help you learn to follow the Good Shepherd, recognize neutral and negative voices, and experience what relationship with Jesus is actually like.

Revealing Jesus

In this passage we learn how Martha reacts to the news that Jesus is the resurrection. Martha returns to Mary mourning the death of their brother, and tells her who Jesus really is.

When Jesus Disappoints: Three Siblings and Jesus

Should Christians ever be disappointed in Jesus? Have you ever been disappointed in Jesus? Instead of denying or ignoring our disappointment, let’s dig into what it may be like to experience frustration or even disillusionment in Jesus. Using John 11 as our guide, this series will peel back the layers on expectations, assumptions, and the reality of what it’s like to be in a season of disappointment. Get ready to be encouraged by Jesus’ interactions with each person in this biblical account, how He handled their unmet expectations and ended up giving them so much more than they could have ever imagined!

Extravagant or Cranky

Do you pause to think about your reactions, words and decisions?  Sometimes I go back through an experience or conversation and think about how I felt, what I said and how I behaved because I want to consider if I’d do or say things differently.  There have been more than a few times when I’ve done this reflective exercise and I’ve decided that what I said or did wasn’t really accurate to what was in my heart.  At the same time, there are times when I’ve been reflective and come to the conclusion that I accurately reflected what was in my heart.

The Basics

Sometimes, the world in which we live feels chaotic, stressful, uncertain and maybe even hostile.  This can be really difficult to navigate, particularly when we have work challenges, family stresses, health struggles, financial difficulties, making important decisions for the future, along with loads more pressures.  While I’m thankful that we’re moving forward in relation to recovering from the Covid pandemic, I also know that we can feel and be under tremendous stress in our daily living and we need divine help to keep the proverbial, “wheels on the bus.” 

Pausing with purpose: Pausing To Process

Do you ever find yourself in a rush? Trying to do many things at once and not getting a lot done? Sometimes we need to take a pause to get focused and listen to what Holy Spirit is trying to tell us. In this series, join Sarah as she talks about the importance and values of taking a pause while giving examples of when Jesus took pauses in his life.

Be Authentic with Jesus

Sarah discusses a conversation between Jesus and Martha, where Martha expresses disappointment in Jesus for not being there to save Lazarus. Jesus then reveals to her who he really is, and shows us that we need to be our authentic selves to converse with Jesus.

Jesus Can Disappoint

Enjoy this short Sunday sermon from Sarah, where she begins discussing how Jesus can disappoint us and starts to teach the story of Lazarus!

Why Do You Read Your Bible?

This is an interesting question to think about and maybe more so the answers that we choose. Over the course of my life, I’ve read the Bible for loads of different reasons. In my childhood, growing up as a pastor’s kid, I was often told that I should read my Bible. Consequently, I read the Bible for many years because I should, and that motivation worked for a little bit. 

Jesus Fills the Gaps

Sarah explains how Jesus is always the missing man. She also gives us her takeaways from her message!

God’s Great Plans for You!

Jeremiah 29:11, “For I know the plans that I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope.”

I love this verse, full stop.  It has encouraged me more times than I could count, offering me comfort that God has really good plans, hope and a future for me. There have been seasons in my life where I’ve been discouraged and even hopeless.  In these seasons, God has repeatedly encouraged me with this verse and I’m abundantly grateful. 

Pausing with purpose: Pausing For What’s Next

Do you ever find yourself in a rush? Trying to do many things at once and not getting a lot done? Sometimes we need to take a pause to get focused and listen to what Holy Spirit is trying to tell us. In this series, join Sarah as she talks about the importance and values of taking a pause while giving examples of when Jesus took pauses in his life.

Who Would You Be?

Sarah talks about the woman who was found committing adultery and was thrown at Jesus’ feet. What does Jesus do as he is confronted by the leaders of this city? He shows them no one is above sin, and we must ask for forgiveness.

Pausing with Purpose: Pausing to Prepare

Do you every find yourself in a rush? Trying to do many things at once and not getting a lot done? Sometimes we need to take a pause to get focused and listen to what Holy Spirit is trying to tell us. In this series, join Sarah as she talks about the importance and values of taking a pause while giving examples of when Jesus took pauses in his life.

Unmet Expectations

“I hoped that this would be different!”  I have no doubt that you’ve thought or said this more than once over the course of your life.  Maybe you took an elective class in high school or college that was different than you thought, going into it.  Perhaps you thought that a job would play out differently than the reality you experienced.  And I think that we’ve all had relationships that didn’t turn out the way that we anticipated.  In all of these experiences and others, we can find ourselves disappointed and maybe disillusioned.

Pervasive Mentality

Sarah discusses how the mindset in communities with illness or impairment can become pervasive. When you become well you need to give up your behaviors that accommodated the illness. Jesus also shows us that he is our missing man!

Sheep, Shepherd and Shams Part 4: Recognizing Shams and Impostors

Join Sarah as she explores John chapters 9 and 10. This relevant teaching on sheep (us), the shepherd (Jesus), and shams (impostors) will help you learn to follow the Good Shepherd, recognize neutral and negative voices, and experience what relationship with Jesus is actually like.

Getting Weary

I’ll bet you can think of a time in your life when you were dead tired, stretched beyond capacity, energy depleted and maybe even discouraged from the lack of progress or growth.  I’ve had more than a few of these seasons and experiences in my life, such that it can be really tempting to quit.  I remember many times when I wanted to give up, such as:  trying to get better at playing basketball, getting frustrated with my German phonetics class in college, parenting challenges, feeling ineffective with teaching and writing and lots of other stuff. 

Sheep, Shepard, and Shams Part 3: Following Jesus

Join Sarah as she explores John chapters 9 and 10. This relevant teaching on sheep (us), the shepherd (Jesus), and shams (impostors) will help you learn to follow the Good Shepherd, recognize neutral and negative voices, and experience what relationship with Jesus is actually like.

Five Shams

Sarah talk about the five shams that Jesus gives us, and explains what they are.

Individual Experiences,  Part 3

In the recent few weeks, we’ve been looking at a family who was close to Jesus and their unique interactions with Him.  We looked at Martha, her practical, rational discussion with Jesus and her concern with convention and achievement.  We also looked at Mary last week and came to see that her experience with Jesus around her brother’s death was lots more emotional than Martha’s experience in the same event. 

Jesus Restores Missing Relationships

Sarah discusses the story of the woman at the well. As their conversation continues we find out that Jesus is the person who can fix what is missing inside of her.

Sheep, Shepherd, and Shams Part 2: Jesus is Our Good Shepherd

Join Sarah as she explores John chapters 9 and 10. This relevant teaching on sheep (us), the shepherd (Jesus), and shams (impostors) will help you learn to follow the Good Shepherd, recognize neutral and negative voices, and experience what relationship with Jesus is actually like.

Individual Experiences, Part 2

When I was growing up, I had the opportunity to do a multiple day cruise.  It was an amazing experience and on one of the nights, our small ship went through a very tumultuous storm.  I remember trying to walk down the corridor after dinner, to get to our room, with lots of hugging the walls and railing, bobbing up and down like a cork and laughing my head off.  I thought it was loads of fun to experience all of these gyrations, kind of like a free roller coaster ride with no seat belt.  The next day, I quickly became aware that other people on the ship didn’t perceive the storm like I did.  Lots of the passengers looked kind of green, maybe from throwing up and maybe from being tossed and turned in their beds.  I still look back on this memory with a mischievous smirk. 

Division in Conversation

Sarah digs into John chapter 10, and discusses how we don’t always understand what Jesus says. The questions we have when we don’t understand can lead to a better connection with Him!

Individual Experiences, Part 1

Have you ever gone through the same events with someone, but had a totally different experience?  I was talking with a friend about one of our middle school teachers and she thought he was a total jerk.  Her recollections about him revolved around his sarcasm, disdain and dismissive behaviors.  For me, this same teacher wasn’t such a horrible guy.  I remember him being kind of sarcastic, but more so, I remember having some really vigorous and engaging conversations about the Bible, theology, values and religious practices.  To this day, my friend has a bad taste in her mouth about this teacher. In contrast, I’m grateful for him because I really dug into the Bible to have a more grounded idea of what I believed, rather than living on someone else’s opinions or coattails.

Sheep, Shepherds, and Shams: A Study of John 9-10

Join Sarah as she explores John chapters 9 and 10. This relevant teaching on sheep (us), the shepherd (Jesus), and shams (impostors) will help you learn to follow the Good Shepherd, recognize neutral and negative voices, and experience what relationship with Jesus is actually like.

Return Our Mind to Holy Spirit

Sarah wraps up her sermon and tells us to give our mind back to Holy Spirit so Holy Spirit can continue to renew our mind. She also prays for us to do so!

Deconstructed Healing Part 4: Comfort & Convenience

Are you or someone you love, sick or injured? Do you need healing? Receive hope through this series on John 5:1-16, when Jesus heals the man at the pool of Bethesda. Sarah makes timely observations on the adversity, attitude, agreement, and action that accompany healing. Watch and be encouraged!

What About Doing Something New?

How do you feel about new stuff?  Do you like trying new foods?  Do you like going to new places?  Do you like meeting new people, having new experiences, learning new things?  Maybe some of our perspective on new things is shaped by past experiences as well as some of our personality. In our childhood, we experience lots of new things.  Indeed, childhood is a time of discovery, exploring, epiphanies and novelty.  As we grow and age, maybe we grow accustomed to doing life in certain ways, with less exploring and new discoveries.

Holy Spirit Renews

Sarah discusses how Holy Spirit can help renovate and renew us. She also gives us some important action points to take away from her sermon!

Show and Tell Part 4: Redeemed and Renewed

Do you remember having “show and tell” in school? Where each student gets to show their assets and tell their classmates all about it? Join Sarah in this series on John 8:1-11, when Jesus’ teaching was interrupted by the Pharisees, with bringing in a woman caught in the act of sin. In that moment, the attention was taken off Jesus by putting the woman in the spotlight to be humiliated. Watch as Sarah makes deep connections about having a learner’s mindset, a humble heart, and a forgiving nature.

Who Is Your Best Self?

In a perfect world, I’m kind, patient, understanding, gracious, accommodating, secure, wise, steady and funny.  In my non-perfect world, I aspire to these characteristics, but I can get frustrated when I don’t seem to be my best self.  Of course, I can often feel these frustrations  because lots of my life is lived in a non-perfect world.  So how do we keep aiming to be our best selves when most of our life is lived in the non-perfect world? 

The Importance of Pausing

I’ve just returned from a Saving Moses trip in Angola Africa, where we do malnutrition clinics for babies and toddlers.  These trips can be really difficult.  They’re difficult because of the long travel along with seeing babies, toddlers and their moms struggle to survive.  To see a baby / toddler struggling to live, emaciated from malnutrition, lifeless, suffering and even hear a death rattle, is horrific.  When you layer on the pain of a mom who is trying to keep her baby / toddler alive, it is gut wrenching. 

Show and Tell Part 2: Pointing Fingers

Do you remember having “show and tell” in school? Where each student gets to show their assets and tell their classmates all about it? Join Sarah in this series on John 8:1-11, when Jesus’ teaching was interrupted by the Pharisees, with bringing in a woman caught in the act of sin. In that moment, the attention was taken off Jesus by putting the woman in the spotlight to be humiliated. Watch as Sarah makes deep connections about having a learner’s mindset, a humble heart, and a forgiving nature.

The Shepherd Factor

Does your cell phone have facial recognition?  Does “Alexa” recognize your voice? It’s interesting to me that our modern technology has developed to the degree that various devices, computers, etc. have the ability to discern specific people.  Maybe as a distant precursor to modern technology, perhaps sheep were hardwired by divine design to recognize their shepherd’s voice.  To this end, in John 10, Jesus said that His sheep know His voice. 

Are You Blind?!?

Sometimes when I’m driving, I get cranky with other drivers on the road with me and I want to yell at them, “Are you blind?!?!??”  I also know that a driver can get cranky with me when I don’t see them in my blind spot.  The whole blind topic reminds me, with a playful chuckle, of basketball refs in high school when my friends and I would watch a game.  If I thought some refs were particularly awful, I’d loudly sing “Two Blind Mice;” my variation on the children’s sing-along, “Three Blind Mice.”  I understand that I was being disrespectful and at that time, I didn’t care.  The whole subject of blindness can include being blind-sided, having blind spots, color blindness and sometimes we use the word, “blind” to mean oblivious or clueless, being unaware. 

A Home for God’s Presence

In this sermon clip Sarah talks about what our endgame with God should be. Sarah also ends with a special verse and message!

Show and Tell Part 1: A Learner’s Mindset

Do you remember having “show and tell” in school? Where each student gets to show their assets and tell their classmates all about it? Join Sarah in this series on John 8:1-11, when Jesus’ teaching was interrupted by the Pharisees, with bringing in a woman caught in the act of sin. In that moment, the attention was taken off Jesus by putting the woman in the spotlight to be humiliated. Watch as Sarah makes deep connections about having a learner’s mindset, a humble heart, and a forgiving nature.

Word of Wisdom

Sarah ends her sermon with a special message from 2 Peter 3:9.

Deconstructed Healing Part 3: Agreement & Action

Are you or someone you love, sick or injured? Do you need healing? Receive hope through this series on John 5:1-16, when Jesus heals the man at the pool of Bethesda. Sarah makes timely observations on the adversity, attitude, agreement, and action that accompany healing. Watch and be encouraged!

The Bible as a Weapon

“Teacher, this woman has been caught in adultery, in the very act. Now in the Law Moses commanded us to stone such women; what then do You say?” When the religious leaders confronted Jesus with the woman caught in adultery, telling Him about Mosaic law, they were using the Bible to challenge Jesus, condemn the woman and possibly kill her with stones. Maybe this is one of the best examples of almost literally weaponizing the Bible.

Deconstructed Healing Part 2

Are you or someone you love, sick or injured? Do you need healing? Receive hope through this series on John 5:1-16, when Jesus heals the man at the pool of Bethesda. Sarah makes timely observations on the adversity, attitude, agreement, and action that accompany healing. Watch and be encouraged!

Pick and Shovel

What’s your favorite genre of movie or book?   When I think about what’s popular and sells well for entertainment, I quickly think about Marvel movies, spy or thriller books, along with murder mysteries or science fiction.  Maybe we like to be excited and surprised, maybe we like a distraction from our day-to-day grind.  While I know that some of us like such excitements and distractions, I also recognize that lots of us also find great comfort in routines and consistency. 

Who Is Mama Wisdom

Sarah discusses who mama wisdom is, and how Holy Spirit may be a part of it. Sarah also gives you some takeaways to think about!

Gallows, Insomnia, and Cluelessness

Did stuff about you ever happen behind your back?  No doubt that people talk behind our backs and people make decisions involving us without getting our input.  I don’t particularly enjoy learning that things have been planned about me, but I wasn’t included in such planning or conversations.

Healing Deconstructed Part 1: Obstacles & Opposition

Are you or someone you love, sick or injured? Do you need healing? Receive hope through this series on John 5:1-16, when Jesus heals the man at the pool of Bethesda. Sarah makes timely observations on the adversity, attitude, agreement, and action that accompany healing. Watch and be encouraged!

Wisdom Empowers Generosity

Sarah discusses what Mama wisdom encourages us to pray for. Wisdom can bring out generosity and righteousness in us and in the people we pray for.

Walking on Water Part. 3: Focus on Jesus

Are you caught in the middle of a stormy circumstance? Do you feel like you can’t see Jesus because of the waves crashing around you? Gain inspiration from this timely word on reaching for Jesus during distracting or difficult seasons.

Summer Ready

Are you ready for summer? Have you planted your garden? Put out your flowers? Wrapped up the spring cleaning? Put away the snow shovels?  Many of us have our list to get ready for summer.  My list includes setting out the hummingbird feeders, putting up the hammock, getting the porch furniture set up and a few other things.

Walking on Water: Recognize Jesus

Are you caught in the middle of a stormy circumstance? Do you feel like you can’t see Jesus because of the waves crashing around you? Gain inspiration from this timely word on reaching for Jesus during distracting or difficult seasons.

Clog or Cog?

When you hear the word, “clog” what comes to your mind?  Do you think of shoes? Zits from clogged pores? High blood pressure from clogged arteries?  A few years ago, we had a clog in one of the drainpipes from our kitchen sink.  We didn’t know about this clog until we ran the garbage disposal and the water backed up only to leak through the basement ceiling.  Not only was this clog and experience unpleasant, but it was also expensive.

Wisdom as a Mother

Sarah discusses mothers in the Bible, and how wisdom speaks to us as a mother.

Walking on Water Part 1: Participate and Recalibrate

Are you caught in the middle of a stormy circumstance? Do you feel like you can’t see Jesus because of the waves crashing around you? Gain inspiration from this timely word on reaching for Jesus during distracting or difficult seasons.

Finish Lines

Do you know anyone who is graduating this month?  May tends to be the main month for graduations, be that kindergarten, high school, college, etc.  So this month can have a celebratory feeling to it, as we applaud what people have accomplished and celebrate crossing various finish lines. Getting to a finish line of any sort is important, and when you think about it, there are all kinds of finish lines. When we think about people who crossed finish lines in the Bible, there’s no shortage of examples and very helpful lessons we can employ from these individuals.

Reminders

injuries? I think there are lots of things in our lives that recall past experiences or help us stay on track for accomplishing things. Reminders can be helpful or hurtful, depending on our perspective and what we do with them.

Growing in Christ part 4: Living Alive

We all have different journeys on our walk with God. Whether we have known Him for most of our lives or have just started our walk with Him. Join me in this series about growing in Jesus and what it means to stay in student mode!

Jesus Provokes

Sarah discusses the final part of Palm Sunday, where Jesus provokes the religious establishment. Sarah also leaves you with a statement and a question to think about.

Heart Problems

Our hearts are very important organs in our body, and we can do lots of things to maintain heart health.  It’s also important to think about our hearts in a spiritual context and the Bible has some very helpful verses for us to consider about our hearts.

Celebrate and Promote Jesus

Sarah discusses the party phase of Palm Sunday. While we celebrate Jesus on Palm Sunday, we also need to look at our motives behind celebrating Jesus.

Growing in Christ part 3: Renew

We all have different journeys on our walk with God. Whether we have known Him for most of our lives or have just started our walk with Him. Join me in this series about growing in Jesus and what it means to stay in student mode!

Struggles and Stresses

“Are you joking?  I have all the paperwork here to easily show you what you’re asking for!”  I was way beyond stressed out as I stood in front of the airline representative in Germany, trying to catch a flight to Asia.  The airline dude was telling me that I didn’t have the proper paperwork filled out and uploaded, so he wouldn’t let me on the plane until everything was properly completed.  If I had a few hours, I could’ve overcome these hurdles, but I didn’t have enough time.  I still tried to get everything uploaded, but ultimately, I missed the flight, and I was not just a little stressed out.  This was just the beginning of a very challenging trip that had abundant struggles and stresses. 

Party Preparation

Sarah teaches on the preparation for the Palm party! She also discusses how it is not just the righteous people that carry Jesus, but everyone, even jerks.

Growing in Christ Part 2: Lay Aside

We all have different journeys on our walk with God. Whether we have known Him for most of our lives or have just started our walk with Him. Join me in this series about growing in Jesus and what it means to stay in student mode!

Wait Training

How do you feel about waiting?  Do you get antsy when there’s a long line to get fuel?  Does it stress you when it takes some time to get a return call to answer a question or book an appointment?  Do you have any issues about paperwork processing taking a long time or taking a number at the DMV?

We are His Home

Sarah talks about how God is timeless, and how God’s home is in us, not in some structure. God designed us specifically to be His home!

The People Factor

Happy Holy Week to you! Over the course of Holy Week, Jesus has lots of exchanges with the religious leaders in the temple and these interactions were increasingly hostile.  The crowds were excited for Jesus’ arrival but the religious leaders were threatened by Jesus and combative with Him.  To be fair, Jesus was none too friendly with these religious leaders either.  It seems to me that their interactions became increasingly tense, to the point that the religious leaders looked for an effective way to dispose of Jesus, ultimately hiring Judas to betray Him.

Location for God’s Presence

Enjoy this short clip from Sarah’s sermon, where she discusses establishing the locations of God’s presence. She also discusses choice, and how every child and every generation of people gets to make their own decisions.

Prioritizing God’s Presence

In this clip Sarah discusses how the Israelites prioritized God’s presence, beginning with Moses and the tabernacle, and moving on to David and his determination and prioritization.

Have a Palm Party!

This upcoming Sunday is Palm Sunday and it’s the day that we joyfully remember Jesus’ entry to Jerusalem at the end of His earthly ministry.  After Palm Sunday comes Easter when we celebrate Jesus’ resurrection and conquering death.  In between these Sundays, there are lots of events that spiral into Jesus’ death on the cross on Good Friday.

Sore Ears

travel in the Covid season is continually wearing a mask through all airports and on all planes.  From the time you enter the airport until you exit the doors, you have to keep wearing a mask.  On this trip, my ears have been sore from wearing this mask for so long and it’s starting me thinking about the various usages for our ears.

Receive Holy Spirit

Sarah talks about how saying yes to Holy Spirit’s renewal can impact you in a positive way, whether it’s playing pickleball, or something else you’re passionate about.

Seeing and Believing: Vision Correction

There are a lot of things that we see through our physical lens. But have you wondered what you could see through a spiritual lens? Join me as I teach about seeing things through a whole new perspective with Jesus!

Lessons From Madness

Is it possible to learn anything from insanity? Are there good takeaways from crazy? In general, I’d respond negatively to these questions. However, this is the season for March Madness, and I’m learning some really great lessons in this season.

Help Feed Families – Ukraine

Can you imagine having to suddenly gather your children and then fleeing for your lives, bringing only what you can carry in a suitcase or two as you leave your home and everything else behind? We’re seeing this happen right now to countless families all across Ukraine. I invite you to join with me in […]

Pillage, Rape, Kill and Other Bad Stuff

Have you ever watched a movie or web series that has lots of shady characters, horrific violence, stealing, lying and pain?  I can think of many movies and series that have such darkness – Game of Thrones, American Gangster, John Wick, The Revenant and The Witcher are a few examples of this darkness.  What we see in fiction or entertainment is hopefully not what we experience in our human existence.  But I’m old enough and have talked with enough people to see that sometimes we live in a nightmare that can be worse than any movie or web series. 

Seeing and Believing: How Do You See?

There are a lot of things that we see through our physical lens. But have you wondered what you could see through a spiritual lens? Join me as I teach about seeing things through a whole new perspective with Jesus!

Small Beginnings Can Be Huge

Sarah continues to discuss Paul’s journey in Ephesus. Even after riots and unrest, Paul decides to stay. Not only does Paul continue on, but he sends Timothy to be pastor there, and John and Mary go there to live. Small beginnings can lead to huge results!

Sweet and Savory

Which do you prefer, savory or sweet food? For your snack choices do you go with potato chips, Cheetos, ranch dressing for celery and carrots, pickles, etc? Or do you have a sweet tooth with cookies, candy, brownies, toffee, caramel corn, or anything sugary to catch your fancy? It’s also possible that you like the […]

Seeing Jesus: Beyond Religion and Politics

Do you tend to only see Jesus through a single lens or with the same perspective? In this series, explore the different dimensions of Jesus and expand your perceptions of Him!

Does God Love You?

If this is a rhetorical question for you, the answer is probably, “Of course!” If this question gives you pause, then you might answer, “Maybe.” Regardless of your answer, I’d like to ask you to take an adventure with me related to this question. This adventure could help you since it is deeply rooted in the Bible and I’ve found the Bible to be very effective and enlightening.

Helping the “Least of These” – United States

If you have been downtown in any large city you have seen them. The overlooked. The excluded. The ignored. Often you find these individuals in the run-down parts of town. People struggling with poverty. Homeless men and women. Those tangled in addiction. Those tormented by mental illness. The disabled, the lonely, the victimized, and the vulnerable. Veterans, runaways, and refugees from other lands.

Teachers Receive Support – United States

Recently I learned that it is very common for teachers in poorer school districts to spend significant amounts of their own money to provide the students in their classrooms with basic school supplies that their low-income families simply cannot afford

Hope after a Super Cyclone – Bangladesh/India

It was heartbreaking last year when the huge Super Cyclonic Storm, Amphan, hit West Bengal, India, and Bangladesh—one of the poorest and most densely populated areas in the world—destroying over 8,500 square miles of land and devastating the lives of millions of people.

Hospital Outreach – United States

Think for a moment about the greatest need you have. Express your concerns to Jesus and invite Him to share His wisdom and guidance related to this need. As we begin to encounter the genuine love of God through these needs in our own lives, we find that God’s love overflows, and encourages us to love […]

Providing Relief after Catastrophic Explosion – Lebanon

In 2020, a catastrophic explosion shattered Beirut, Lebanon, killing over 200, wounding 6,500 and displacing over 300,000 people.  Amplified by COVID-19 and political and economic chaos, the blast shook the city and nation to its core.  But, Living Genuine Love was able to help by partnering with organizations in that area to help people like Blanche and George.

Making Lemonade

Did you ever have a teacher who was horrible?  Maybe you’ve had several bad teachers, and hopefully, you’ve had a few good teachers as well.  Recently, I was remembering a few of the teachers I’ve had who were no bueno.  They were probably doing their best and not purposefully unkind, but a few of my teachers had some severely negative impacts on me.  One of them even humiliated me in front of the entire class, telling me that I was stupid, arrogant, irresponsible and entirely oblivious to his subject matter.

Contrast Validates Jesus

Sarah discusses contrast, and how contrasts can validate Jesus! Paul’s efforts also show that the growth of Jesus is gradual, happening little by little.

Seeing Jesus: An Unlimited Perspective

Do you tend to only see Jesus through a single lens or with the same perspective? In this series, explore the different dimensions of Jesus and expand your perceptions of Him!

Do You Like Jesus?

This is an interesting question, and it’s worth thinking about. If you consider yourself to be a Christian or a follower of Jesus, then it seems automatic to answer that you like Jesus. At the same time, it’s important to remember that He rubbed a lot of people the wrong way.

Investment Pays Off

Sarah talks about Paul and his journey in Ephesus. Paul worked hard for 2 years through resistance to get to the supernatural miracles God sent. Paul shows us we must be open to the supernatural from God!

Seeing Jesus: Expand Your Awareness

Do you tend to only see Jesus through a single lens or with the same perspective? In this series, explore the different dimensions of Jesus and expand your perceptions of Him!

Seeing Jesus: Healer and Provider

Do you tend to only see Jesus through a single lens or with the same perspective? In this series, explore the different dimensions of Jesus and expand your perceptions of Him!

Stir Fry Mystery

What did we order?  When I collected the box, it had bright pictures of vegetables with a splashed title, “Delicious Stir Fry.”  I wondered who in our house ordered a huge box of stir fry because some of my kids are less than enthusiastic about vegetables.  When I asked my husband if he was starting a new diet that was vegetable intense, he chuckled, “No, not anytime soon.”  So how did this box come to land on our front porch?  It was really mysterious to me. 

Appetite for Jesus

Sarah encourages you to read the Gospels over the next few months, so you can get to know Jesus. Jesus is the only one who can speak to our insatiable appetites, He should be the core desire in our soul, so let your appetite for Him grow!

Investment in Ephesus

Sarah discusses Paul and his investment in Ephesus. When in Ephesus Paul meets disciples and helps put Holy Spirit on them, and they became baptized in Holy Spirit. Growth can come from accepting and knowing Holy Spirit!

Pivot Principles: Express Genuine Love (Jesus)

Do you feel like you’re constantly changing and adjusting to a “new normal”? How can we be successful when we’re continually having to flex to the demands life throws at us? In this teaching series, we will explore the lives of biblical men and women who pivoted successfully as they followed God’s plan for their lives.

Pivot Principles: Stay at Jesus’ Feet (Mary)

Do you feel like you’re constantly changing and adjusting to a “new normal”? How can we be successful when we’re continually having to flex to the demands life throws at us? In this teaching series, we will explore the lives of biblical men and women who pivoted successfully as they followed God’s plan for their lives.

Discipleship with Jesus

Sarah and Isabell discuss moving into discipleship with Jesus and letting go of brokenness to heal. As Isabell describes, we should be like the moon and reflect the sun, because without reflecting the sun, the moon isn’t seen. By reflecting Jesus, He is seen!

The Comfort We Recieve

What are the difficult things that you’ve walked through? Have you lost someone from a death that made grief a cruel interloper, too real and too unkind? Have you struggled with poor grades, limited opportunities and rejections from universities, causing you to be gun shy from pursuing higher education? Did you grow up in a highly dysfunctional family, maybe around family members with painful personality disorders? Have you lived with the consequences of poor financial decisions that led to bankruptcy, house foreclosure, eviction, etc.? 

Friendship with Jesus

Sarah and Isabell discuss friendship with Jesus, the hurdles faced in becoming friends with Him, and how this friendship can hold you together.

Pivot Principles: Follow Jesus (Peter)

Do you feel like you’re constantly changing and adjusting to a “new normal”? How can we be successful when we’re continually having to flex to the demands life throws at us? In this teaching series, we will explore the lives of biblical men and women who pivoted successfully as they followed God’s plan for their lives.

Levels of Connection with Jesus

Enjoy Sarah’s newest Short Sunday Sermon!! Sarah and Isabell discuss the 3 different levels of connection, describe acquaintances, the hurdles it can face, and how it can grow into something more.

Pivot Principles: Focus on God

Do you feel like you’re constantly changing and adjusting to a “new normal”? How can we be successful when we’re continually having to flex to the demands life throws at us? In this teaching series, we will explore the lives of biblical men and women who pivoted successfully as they followed God’s plan for their lives.

Lessons: 1, 2, 3

Jonah is an interesting book in the Old Testament, and the spark notes go something like this:

God tells Jonah to go to Nineveh, and he runs away from God’s directive, booking passage on a ship heading to Tarshish. A life-threatening storm ensues, and the sailors toss Jonah overboard to save themselves. A giant fish swallows Jonah and pukes him up three days later when God again tells Jonah to go to Nineveh and preach repentance. Jonah does this, and the city repents, which makes Jonah mad. He props himself on a nearby hill, waiting to see what will happen to Nineveh. God grows a plant to make some shade for Jonah, sends a worm to eat the plant, and finally a blasting hot wind. Jonah is cranky about all of this and lets God know how angry he is about the whole Nineveh fiasco, wanting the city to undergo God’s judgment.

This little book is filled with many curious events and thoughts, but here are a few simple things for your consideration and application.

The Pivot Principle

In basketball, we have a pivot foot.  This means that we have one foot anchored on the court, and we can turn our bodies, protect the ball and maintain some flexibility without “traveling” and turning the ball over to the opposing team. I like the idea of pivoting because it includes the premise of being anchored along with some adapting and flexibility to move. 

God Uses Context for Us

Watch Sarah’s latest Short Sunday Sermon! Sarah talks about Gabriel’s visit to the shepherds, their search for baby Jesus, and how Jesus is a light in the darkness.

The Holding Pattern

When I think about the idea of a holding pattern, it reminds me of airplanes that have to wait until they can land. A holding pattern also makes me think about the waiting that we do before: an appointment, getting a job, acceptance into a college / university, a decision for our profession and heaps more. some stuff that could be helpful when we find ourselves in the holding pattern season.

Jesus will Guide You

Watch Sarah’s latest Short Sunday Sermon! This time Sarah discusses the wise men’s travels and how they follow the star in the dark to get to Jesus. Even in the dark seasons of our lives, God directs us and shows us the path to light.

Jesus is the Light

Watch Sarah’s short Sunday sermons! Today Sarah teaches on how even in the darkness, Jesus is here to be the light. When Mary was pregnant out of wedlock with Jesus, that created darkness, but through it Jesus became the light.

Merry Christmas!

I suspect that you might be in full Christmas mode! This could include wrapping presents, going to parties or concerts, organizing Christmas day festivities, last-minute preparations and maybe squeezing in a Christmas Eve service to round out the holiday season.  No doubt, this is the time of year when we are very busy.  I hope that your Christmas has lots of peace in your soul regardless of the external activities that might be swirling around you in this season. 

Holy Spirit the Helper

In this short sermon nugget Sarah discusses how Holy Spirit can be our helper, comforter, and counselor if we can just say yes and accept Holy Spirit!

Jesus Does Contrasts

Merry Christmas! I think we have officially moved into the Christmas season, considering that we’re less than ten days from the actual day, December 25th.  I think that we each have struggles and pleasures when it comes to Christmas.  To that end, what is a pleasure for me might be a struggle for you, and the reverse could also hold true.  What you enjoy could be difficult for me to navigate. 

Finding Jesus

I think it’s central to Christmas that we keep Jesus as the focal point for the festivities that go with this season.  Of course, there are the customary parties, decorating, obligations, celebrations, etc. that accompany this season.  At the same time, I’d like to encourage you to let these activities serve to sharpen our focus for finding Jesus.  It’s very easy to get caught up in all the festivities of this season, going about all the parties, concerts, customary activities and expectations, in the weeks that culminate to Christmas Day. 

Finding Jesus in the Dark: Hope

Hey hey, Join Sarah as she starts her new series, Finding Jesus In The Dark, where she talks about areas in your life that need some finding Jesus!

What Kind of Love?

In biblical Greek, there are about eight words for our one word, “love.”  I’m not going to dive into each of these words – I’m just bringing it to your attention that there can be many kinds of love.  In our modern world, we can use “love” to describe our intense feelings for something we really enjoy – hobbies, Christmas, sunsets, etc.  “Love” is also frequently used in romantic contexts, particularly around Valentine’s Day.  I’ve also this word to describe the immense satisfaction I experience when I do a puzzle with my son – a fun activity with a massively important person in my life.

Calibrating Holy Spirit

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Why Is Gratitude Important?

‘Tis the season to be grateful and Happy Thanksgiving! So what’s the big deal? Why is it important to be thankful? For starters, let’s look at our lives if they exclude gratitude. When there is an absence of being thankful, I think this deficiency can lead to an entitlement mentality. This mentality is when we think that various blessings and benefits in life are owed to us. When we adopt this way of thinking it sets us up to be disappointed and we become very unpleasant people. When we don’t get what we think we deserve, then our emotions and thoughts can go into dark places. In contrast, I’ve found it very helpful to under-expect and over appreciate.

Join the Table

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Let’s Keep Going!

I would suggest that we let Holy Spirit help us with some of the mental narratives that can be so prevalent in our daily living.  Have you ever been discouraged or disappointed in yourself, having made a poor decision, quipped out a snippy comment, made a degrading remark, felt inadequate for a situation or been unraveled from a difficult exchange?  In these experiences, it’s easy to get down on ourselves and wither from accusations.

Love Never Stops

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Particulars and Principles

“Don’t cut your hair!”  In 1 Corinthians 11:15, it says, “but if a woman has long hair, it is a glory to her? For her hair is given to her for a covering.”  Reading what Paul says about women and hair in 1 Corinthians 11 could be disturbing for us chicks who have shorter hair.  There are some other things in the Bible that can also make me jittery, such as:  head covering, don’t wear jewelry, restrictions on eating meat sacrificed to idols, circumcision, etc. 

3-2-1: Something Fun!

Happy November to you!  As we are coming to the end of Fall and about to enter the Holiday Season with Thanksgiving and Christmas in the near future, I have an idea for you to consider that could be really fun and constructive.  I call this my 3-2-1 plan, and it’s something simple to integrate into our daily routines – it’s even possible that it could facilitate a noteworthy upgrade in your life!

Jesus Flips the Tables

Start your Sundays with Sarah as she continues her series called Short Sunday Sermons! These will be short inspiring nuggets cut from Sarah’s sermons!

The Unexpected

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Forgiveness is Love

Start your Sundays with Sarah as she continues her series called Short Sunday Sermons! These will be short inspiring nuggets cut from Sarah’s sermons!

Trick or Truth

he idea behind this mantra is that the house owner should give us a treat, or we’d play a trick on them that would be unpleasant.  As I think about the whole idea of trick or treat, I think that Satan tries to do the same kind of shifty stuff to us.  Satan tries to trick us with deception, allure us with temporary pleasure, encourage our doubts in God, hurt us with memories from the past, discourage our faith, accuse and shame us with our failures as well as whisper hopeless thoughts and feelings into our souls. 

Table Talk

In Germany, there’s a really fun cultural distinctive called Stammtisch. This is a table in a restaurant, biergarten, etc., where the regulars have a guaranteed place to sit, converse with each other and enjoy some food and beverage. This is a really great custom and enjoyable to observe and occasionally join when invited. The talk around the table can span from global politics to the local gemeinschaft (community), from the latest Fußball scores to garden enhancements and heaps more. Because the stammtisch is reserved for the regular folk who frequent the establishment, the conversations can also be more intimate and connected.

Jesus is Irresistible

Start your Sundays with Sarah as she continues her series called Short Sunday Sermons! These will be short inspiring nuggets cut from Sarah’s sermons!

Psalms for Soothing Stress: Bathsheba and The Royal Screwup

Hey hey, I hope you are enjoying this season so far, in the comments, I would like for you to answer this question:

“When we mess up, fail, or do the wrong thing, what is the best way to respond? and how does that differ from your initial response?”

Flip the Script

Have you ever seen the negative for a picture?  Back in the dark ages of photography and film processing, it used to be a laborious journey to make a picture.  The process included capturing an image on film through a camera lens, developing the film, transposing the negative image and printing on paper or slides the actual picture.  Somewhere around my house, I still have some strips of film with negative images, pictures of my kids when they were little. 

Us Vs. Them

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Highlight Reels

Have you ever watched a cricket match?  Cricket is a very popular sport in countries where there was substantial British colonization efforts.  In its original format, a typical cricket match will last anywhere from seven hours to more than three days.  When I learned about this length of time, I immediately wanted to know if […]

God’s Decision

Start your Sundays with Sarah as she continues her series called Short Sunday Sermons! These will be short inspiring nuggets cut from Sarah’s sermons!

Tapas with Jesus: Realtors

Hey hey! tune into my last episode of my series, tapas With Jesus! I hope you enjoyed it. In this last episode, I will be talking about relators, specifically in the story when peter has denied Jesus after saying he wouldn’t.

Kingdom Etiquette

Start your Sundays with Sarah as she continues her series called Short Sunday Sermons! These will be short inspiring nuggets cut from Sarah’s sermons!

Does Genuine Love Have Limits?

Do you go through difficult things?  Do you face struggles, hardships, uncertainties, unresolved challenges, maybe feeling like you’re in way over your head?  Of course, we go through seasons, and life has its ups and downs.  Sometimes we have the strength and wisdom to navigate turbulent times, but sometimes we flounder. 

The Love Vaccine

such hurtful experiences don’t have genuine love in them, but we can often become highly protective—shielding ourselves from further pain.  Unfortunately, sometimes our protective instincts can also vaccinate us from experiencing genuine love.  Some of the experiences that Satan has used could include heartbreak, broken relationships, childhood trauma, deception, shame, accusation or even an imitation of love.  These kinds of things can be springboards for Satan to facilitate protective defenses in our thoughts and outlook to make us cold, brittle and resistant to genuine love.  We protect ourselves from pain but also build up protections that shield us from experiencing and living in genuine love. 

Sermon 4.18.21

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A Feast with Jesus

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Holy Spirit is Equal

Start your Sundays with Sarah as she continues her series called Short Sunday Sermons! These will be short inspiring nuggets cut from Sarah’s sermons!

Tapas With Jesus: Opposites

Hey hey! Welcome back to my channel! As we continue my series, Tapas With Jesus, We will be talking about how the love of Jesus is so unconditional, that his mercy remains even to the ones who do the opposite to his will.

Lessons from the Road

I recently traveled to Ghana for my work with Saving Moses, and this was my first time to travel internationally since January 2020 because of all the Covid restrictions.  Needless to say, it was a very different experience than all my pre-Covid travels.  Here are some things I learned from my recent trip.

The Team Thing

Hello from Ghana, Africa!  This week, I have the great privilege of getting to do international travel, and I’m in Ghana, which is in Equatorial Africa, kind of near Nigeria.  This is a Saving Moses trip, and we’re exploring what opportunities might be available for us to do some work here.  While I love getting to explore a new culture, I’m keenly aware that teamwork is an essential ingredient to accomplishing anything significant beyond my talents and abilities. 

Tapas With Jesus: Reverent

Hey hey! Welcome to my new series, Tapas With Jesus! In this episode, I’ll be speaking on how commandments differ from tradition with connections to Jesus’ connection to the religious leaders.

Appetizers and Entrées

What’s your favorite food?  Do you prefer sweet or savory?  When you get a chance to eat your favorite food, do you eat lots of it, like eating a full entrée?  For myself, when I find some tasty food, I like to eat a lot of it!  I think life can sometimes be like this:  we acquire lots of what we like, minimize what’s unpleasant to us and sometimes overdo what we prefer. 

Table Talk with Jesus: Breakfast Dates

Holy Buckets! we are on the last episode of my series “Table Talk With Jesus”. Join me as I talk about love being the central discussion with connections to a conversation between Jesus and Peter.

Holy Spirit as a Person

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Thermometer or Thermostat?

What’s the difference between a thermometer and a thermostat?  I never really grasped the importance of these unique instruments until I made a really big mistake.  When I was first married, we lived in Kansas City. In January, we took a trip to Florida, and being a frugal person, I turned the thermostat to “off” so that we’d save money on heating while we were gone for a week.  Upon returning to our house, I observed the important difference between the thermometer, which had been well below freezing for several days, and the thermostat, which regulated the temperature in the house.  This lesson became massively expensive because the pipes in our house froze and broke. When we turned up the thermostat, the water in the broken pipes unthawed and began to pour out of the broken pipes, and we had lots of damage to the drywall, carpet, cabinets, etc. 

Table Talk with Jesus: Ultimate Sacrifice

Hey! Come join me as continue my series on “Table Talk With Jesus”. I will be talking about the ultimate sacrifice in our lives, most of which Jesus has done for us.

Reverent’s Conversations

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Tares, Terrors and Tears

These three words, tares, terrors and tears, all sound the same and have some interesting commonalities.  We have all had tears in our clothing, ripped jeans, or holes in our socks.  And we have also experienced terror in our lives from something very scary.  In relation to tares, this is the word that Jesus uses in one of His parables to identify a weed that was masquerading as wheat. 

Fear Factor

I think that all of us have varying base levels of fear in our lives, and some of us are more prone to fear than others.  To be sure, I think it’s good to have a little bit of basic fear so that we have a reasonable perspective on the frail nature of our existence and the reality that we are not bullet-proof.   As an example, based on the concussion that I had from snowboarding some years ago, I now have a healthy outlook that I’m not invincible.  Having some fear related to my physical frailty isn’t a bad thing for me as I’m now in my early 50’s.  And it’s also good to have the fear of the Lord which is spoken about a lot in Proverbs.

Table Talk with Jesus: Come and Dine

Thanks for checking out my newest series “Table Talk with Jesus”! Today I’ll be teaching on Matt 22:1-14 and the importance of having room for anyone and every one at your table!

Jesus’s Relationship With You

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Are You Comfortable?

hummingbird feeders to make it all the more pleasant. My porch can be a wonderful oasis resting place for me, but there’s also a downside. Sometimes, I can sit on my porch and get so comfortable that I don’t clean my house as well as I should. Or I can enjoy my porch for too long and do a dinner scramble which can be less than tasty. 

Room at the Table

I’ve thought about this phrase, “room at the table,” in relation to making space for people to enjoy the banqueting table that God sets for us. This reminds me of Jesus’ parable about the wedding feast and inviting people from all walks of life to come to His feast, in Matthew 22 and Luke 14:7-14. In these verses, we read that the invited guests didn’t come to the feast, so the master of the feast told his servants to go out and invite anyone and everyone who would come. There’s plenty of room at the table.

Highlight for Sight

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Subtle Help

“Help” can feel like a four-letter word, maybe similar to a cuss word, when we resent the need for external assistance. For me, sometimes “help” can feel like weakness, inadequacy, instability, uncertainty and disadvantage. When I was younger, these descriptions were entirely repulsive to me because I wanted nothing to do with anything that could create dependence. I prided myself on being independent when I was young, and I still prioritize this value even as I continue to age.

Obstacles with Holy Spirit

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Recalculating

I think there’s really good value and very helpful course corrections if we take some pauses from time to time and inventory what we are doing. I’m bringing this to your attention because we’re a little over halfway through this year and maybe you made some resolutions in the New Year that need some attention and possible recalculating. Perhaps you tried to start some new habits or stop some old ones and it might be helpful to look at these goals and consider your progress, along with obstacles, distractions or momentum drains.

Who Holy Spirit Is

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Preparing For Pentecost

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Kids and Parents: Follow the Footsteps God has for You!

Hey Hey! Join me for my new series on Kids and Parents! I have been reading in the Bible about kids that did not follow in their parent footsteps. It is important to consider that God may have a different plan for your children than what you have laid out for them. Let them follow the footsteps God has for them!

Kids and Parents: What Do You Want for Your Kids?

Hey Hey! Join me for my new series on Kids and Parents! I have been reading the book of Samuel and the relationship he had with his sons. If you have kids, what do you want for them? Samuel wanted his sons to follow his footsteps and rule as Kings but they did not walk in Samuels ways. We always want what’s best for our kids but that might not always be what we expect.

Three Strategies for Expectations Gone Awry

We all have hopes and expectations, and it’s nice when they come to fruition, but that doesn’t always happen. In Proverbs 13:12, it says, “Hope deferred makes the heart sick, But desire fulfilled is a tree of life.” I suspect that your life has been a combination of expectations that have been fulfilled and hopes that haven’t happened. While we love to revel and celebrate with satisfied hopes, what are some constructive ways to navigate life when our expectations don’t get met or resolved? Here are three strategies that might be helpful:

Is Holy Spirit Important?

“ . . . And do not take Your Holy Spirit from me.” Psalm 51:11b

These are some of the words that David wrote in Psalm 51 when he was pouring out his heart to God after being confronted by his sin with Bathsheba and killing her husband, Uriah. At this time in his life, David was well established in his kingdom; his family was taken care of, his military conquests had given him big respect among the surrounding nations and his life was generally smooth. Maybe because there was an absence of crisis or because he wasn’t at war, maybe that’s how he was distracted with Bathsheba’s beauty and his subsequent downward-spiral choices.

What Are You Looking For: #Looking

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Your Friendship with Holy Spirit, Part 2

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What do I want with Jesus?

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Your Friendship with Holy Spirit, Part 1

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The Nots

Does it seem like we’ve drastically shifted into summer? Here in Denver, we are in the midst of having a change in temperature, kids getting out of school and vacation stuff starting to get into our summer schedules. I’ve been thinking about all of these transitions. And for me, it feels like a sudden lurch into summer with dramatic temperature warming, longer days because of daylight savings, kids doing summer jobs and my total favorite, porch time!

What Are You Looking For: #Lost

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We All Start Somewhere

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Kids and Parents

Being a kid can have lots of great things along with some not so bueno experiences. To that end, I remember from my childhood, enjoying long bike rides in the Summer. I also recall throwing up on my friend’s arm in first grade, which stigmatized me for some of the years in elementary school.

Compassion > Judgment

I recently read the story in the Bible (1 Samuel 1-2) about a priest, Eli, who saw a woman, Hannah, in the temple whom he thought was drunk. He confronted her, and she explained to him that she wasn’t drunk but rather pouring out her heart to God in petition and great anguish. After her explanation, Eli told Hannah to go in peace, and he hoped that God would grant her petitions.

What Are You Looking For?: #Relationships

Join me as I continue my series on What Are You Looking For? I just want to encourage you to seek Jesus in every relationship you have, whether its a friendship, spouse, sibling, or even a coworker.

Navigating Pain

Someone once told me that pain is a good thing because it makes us aware. I didn’t really like that observation because I think pain is bad, almost always. However, they explained that pain could kind of be like a stoplight, raising our awareness so that we don’t continue in the same path, helping us to avoid collisions and bad stuff. Pain can also tell us that something is hurtful, something we should consider avoiding, something that could be wrong in our bodies or a situation.

What Are You Looking For?: #Pursuit

Join me as I continue my series on What Are You Looking For? Today’s episode is on pursuit. I want to encourage you to seek Jesus first to find what you are looking for!

Jesus is our Prince of Peace

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Inside Job

I think the term “inside job” is interesting to consider in relation to what is happening in our interior life. This is worth consideration because not everything we exhibit externally reflects what we’re thinking about or what’s happening in our souls. To this end, I think it’s important to talk about the “Inside Job.” It’s also helpful to think about our interior so that we don’t get stuck in the bait and react trap. This happens when someone “pushes our buttons,” and we almost mindlessly react.

What Are You Looking For: #Fulfillment

Join me for my new series on What Are You Looking For! Are you looking for affirmation? Are you looking for fulfillment? Consider what you are looking for and identify what you truly desire. When we go after Jesus as our ultimate desire we have stability and peace in our hearts because He is our prince of peace.

Routines and Rhythms

“Show me your habits, and I’ll predict your success!” I’ve often thought about these words in light of my habits, which can be positive or negative. Since I want to have success in my life, it becomes important to consider my habits and things that I do with repetition. There are endless examples of people who continually practice, integrate daily habits, maintain steady routines, and capitalize on their natural rhythms to cultivate specific successes.

Renegades and Reverents

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Different People

I’ve been around heaps of different people. Some of this comes from growing up as a pastor’s kid. To that end, different people whom I remember include:
The Cross-Dressing Greeter: When I was around 10 years old, in the late 1970’s, we had a greeter in our church who was a crossdresser. I asked my dad about this person since he had a full beard and wore a dress to greet people on Sunday mornings. My dad explained that everyone needs Jesus. Reflecting back now, I think my dad was a few decades ahead of his time.
Cranky Alice: She was a tough old bird. I’ll never forget when she read the riot act to a guy who was being sketchy with me, a 4th grader at the time. Alice was prickly and sour, but for whatever reason, occasionally, she had a soft spot in her heart for me.
Hungarian Csaba: This guy was part of the Hungarian revolt against the Soviet occupation in 1956, and he came to our church when I was a teenager. He was wiry, insightful and very intense with piercing blue eyes. Unfortunately, he died too young.

Peace: The Umpire of Your Heart

Is peace the absence of conflict? I think that we need to acknowledge that there is conflict in the world around us and internally inside of us. With Jesus we can have peace in our soul no matter what is happening around us. He can guard your heart and mind.

Why Jesus Came

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Family Values

There is lots of concern in our modern world about “family values,” and when I use this term, it can evoke strong feelings, reactions, disagreements, moral evaluations, memories, pain, righteous indignation, etc. We seem to have plenty of ideas about what family values should be and how these should be employed in our modern world.

Who Jesus Comes For

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Palm Sunday With Hands

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Peace: Do You Want Peace?

Do you want peace? Life can seem turbulent and uncertain but we cannot let adversity ruffle our feathers. Peace means wholeness, soundness, and welfare in many different languages. It is not just the lack of turbulence but your wholeness as a person. A lot of things can disturb your peace externally and internally but this series will help you find peace through Him!

Simplicity and Influence

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Looking For the Living

How was your Easter? In what ways was Easter this year different than Easter last year? For me, Easter this year was heaps better than Easter 2020 because of the whole lockdown and COVID thing. Last year, Easter didn’t feel very “Easter-ish,” so I think I was all the more grateful and excited for last Sunday!
Of course, we celebrated Easter in 2020, not only as a day on the calendar, but we tried to remember that it was Resurrection Sunday.  We did an online Easter service at our church, in a mostly empty room with some gracious camera operators and wonderful volunteers.  I remember trying to coach my mental game for Easter 2020 using my self-made mantra, “Empty tomb more than empty room!”

Ruffled Feathers

Jesus needs a donkey. If I were to use the more common vernacular for the word “donkey,” you might get your feathers ruffled. Nevertheless, these were Jesus’ words in Luke 19:31, when He gave His disciples instructions about getting a donkey for Jesus to ride when He came into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday.

Help! I Lost My Mind!

How do you feel when you lose something? Have you ever lost your car keys, driver’s license, wedding ring, important papers, etc.? In our household, it’s not uncommon to misplace stuff, and I frequently hear, “Hey mom, do you know where the __________ is?” I get asked the location for boots, batteries, hats, shoes, celery salt, screwdrivers, dish detergent, corn starch, and heaps more random things. It’s nice when I know where stuff is, but the key to all of these questions is this axiom: a place for everything and everything in its place.

What Do You Need?: Take Action With Your Needs

Do not be passive with your needs! You need to take action and bring your needs to Jesus which can be a conversation starter with Him! Step into your conversation with Jesus and TAKE ACTION!

Who is Us?

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The Non-Event

What’s the weather like where you live? I live in Denver, Colorado and as a native, we often say that our weather is bi-polar. This means that if you don’t like the weather now, wait a few hours and it will change. Having lived here for close to fifty years, I can certify that the weather in Denver is very unpredictable and unstable.

Grow in Jesus!

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The Outside, the Inside, or Both?

I have a friend who routinely teases me (in a really fun way) about how I’m always cleaning my kitchen. She’s asked me several times about playing pickleball with her, and I’ve had to decline because I was cleaning my kitchen. Sometimes, she’ll call and ask what I’m doing, to which I reply, “Cleaning my kitchen.” She says that when she comes over for dinner, my kitchen will be so clean that she plans to eat off the floor!

God’s Fingerprints

Do you ever struggle to find God’s involvement in your life? Does it ever seem like you have more problems than divine help? Does it feel like life is overflowing with struggles and quandaries? I know that we can go through seasons when the days, weeks, months, and maybe years are stormy and cloudy, devoid of sunshine. Maybe you keep looking for a rainbow in these stormy seasons, and tricky to find some silver lining in all the clouds.

The Wisdom Factor: What is Heavenly Wisdom?

What is Heavenly Wisdom?
James 3:17, “But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, reasonable, full of mercy and good fruits, unwavering, without hypocrisy.”

Who Are Jesus’s Relators?

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What Do You Need?

I just got a call from the car repair dude who works on my car, and he told me a list of things my car “needs” with a very disconcerting price tag. This conversation reminds me that “needs” can be very disturbing, and they often force us to figure out ways to resolve these needs. In contrast, needs don’t seem to be disconcerting for Jesus. For example, when I look at the conversation between Jesus and His mom, in John 2, at the wedding feast in Cana, Jesus seems to be pretty relaxed about the “need” for more wine. In contrast, Jesus’ mom seems to be more uptight about this need than Him.

The Wisdom Factor: What is Flesh Wisdom?

What is Flesh Wisdom?
James 3:14-16, “But if you have bitter jealousy and selfish ambition in your heart, do not be arrogant and so lie against the truth. 15. This wisdom is not that which comes down from above, but is earthly, natural, demonic. 16 For where jealousy and selfish ambition exist, there is disorder and every evil thing”

Talk With Jesus!

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Don’t Squint

When I drive, there are times when I squint because the sun is shining directly into my eyes from a sunrise, sunset or a really bright reflection. Squinting is my attempt to cut back on too much sunlight, so I can attempt to see the road in front of me along with preventing a car wreck. On the other hand, if I’m sitting by my picture window at my house and the sun is coming up, I don’t squint. Instead, I discover the unique beauty of each sunrise, taking in the splendor, colors, light contrasts, slow changes, peek-a-boo horizon and the sun lifting into the sky. Truly, this can be a very worshipful experience and I love it!

Who is Wisdom?

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The Wisdom Factor: Ask For Wisdom

Why should you ask God for wisdom?
James 1:5, “But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all generously and without reproach, and it will be given to him.”

Shift the Sift

Have you ever sifted flour? When I grew up, we had a sifter in our flour bin, and it made this fun scratchy sound, like rubbing sandpaper. It was all the more curious because it looked like scissors connected to a big tin cup, and when I squeezed the scissor handles together, the flour would shake through the little grate at the bottom of the tin cup in a fluffy flour cloud. When I was really little, this sifter contraption was fascinating to me. I loved sitting on the kitchen counter with the flour bin and sifter, trying to figure out how it worked and make flour messes until my mom intervened with a plate and mess prevention instructions.

Jesus In Skin: The Language of Love

Lets be attentive to the language of love! Today I will teach on Luke 15 verses 22 and 24 on the father of the renegade son and the religious son. The language of love communicates with both sides! No matter which way you are leaning love will speak to you and Jesus will reach you!

Wisdom in the Weeds!

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Jesus in Skin – Part 2

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Three Requirements for Success

Success isn’t a lucky, one-time, swing-for-the-fences, grand-slam home run windfall.  Last week we talked about current definitions of success, benchmarking them against God’s definition of success, found in Jeremiah 9:23-24.  I believe these verses are the time-tested definition of success, providing us the foundation for truly being successful in life. So what could be some practical pointers that we could consider that would be important ingredients in the success journey?  I’m listing three main things below that I consider to be significant levers to making success integral in our lives. At the end of each main thing, I’ve included a Bible verse for your consideration, as I’m hopeful that you’ll pray this verse for whatever point is the biggest struggle or shortfall for you. 

Do You Want Success?

What is success? Before we think about how to succeed, we would be wise to understand what we think success looks like. If we define success as a financial goal, then I’d suggest that our fulfillment in life might be thin and elusive. If we define success as achievements or reaching goals, then we will likely need to keep setting goals to achieve so sustain our significance quotient. If popularity (YouTube subscribers, IG or Tik Tok followers, etc.) is our definition of success, then we give the keys of this pursuit to fickle crowds. Another popular definition of success is image – how we look and our physique. In my opinion, these are common indicators of success, easily observed in our daily living.

Jesus in Skin – Part 1

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Be With Jesus!

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Focus Factor – Part 3

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Upheaval, Uncertainty, Turmoil

I suspect that you might be going through some upheaval and uncertainty. If you don’t have that in your life, then it’s easy to find turmoil in the news and events happening in our nation. In my current life, there have been some big ups and downs with various COVID exposures, quarantining, testing, etc.

I like riding actual rollercoasters, but I’m not keen on doing life in a rollercoaster mode, with everything in the extreme undulation setting. This mode is disconcerting and I find it difficult to navigate and make wise decisions when so much around me (and in my interior) seems to be in the peaks and plummets setting.

Make Gratitude a Lifestyle!

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The Lay of the Land

Here’s an understatement of the recent weeks: it’s an interesting time in the United States. In many respects, it feels like our country is very un-united and unsettled across many contexts to include politics, economics and race to name a few examples. The tensions and conflicts can be easily seen in the Facebook interactions, road rage, domestic abuse increase, mental illness uptick, neighbor squabbles and lots more. It’s a challenging time in which we find ourselves and we would be wise to think about how we should behave and communicate; with the highest priorities going to our values, how we think, and our perspective.

Focus Factor – Part 2

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Express Gratitude!

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Race, Rhythm, Rest

Life can be a rat race sometimes. We run around trying to get stuff done, be important, prevent disasters, be helpful, meet deadlines and keep the gerbil wheel spinning at fever speed. No doubt, there are seasons in our lives when life is in sprint mode. Let’s also appreciate that an alternative to sprinting could be doing life from a more rhythmic perspective; with the pace being a little slower, but more sustainable in the long run. I think that doing life in rhythms is more restful than doing life in race mode.

The Focus Factor – Part 1

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Looking Back!

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Resolve

I hurt my knee and I’m hoping that it resolves itself without medical assistance. I also have lots of resolve when it comes to protecting my kids and wanting them to be healthy and do well. And of course, I’ve made many New Year’s resolutions to varying degrees of success. When I think about the word, “resolve,” it has lots of daily applications. Along with daily usage, resolve is particularly relevant coming into a new year when we often assess the preceding year and make resolutions for change with the calendar changing.

Be Born Again!

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Finding Jesus – Part 3

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Treasure Hunt Part 2

When I was growing up, I used to explore the canal behind my house and find all kinds of wonderful treasures. Such treasures could include tadpoles, giant crawdads, a rusted pocketknife, frogs and lots more. I loved the adventure and discovering treasures, along with unexpected surprises.
One such surprise happened when I brought home a tadpole to keep in the aquarium in my room. I was mesmerized by this slippery little sprig of life that was changing right before my eyes a day at a time.

Your One Thing

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Treasure Hunt

Have you ever done a scavenger hunt? I like the imagination, work, creativity, skill and planning that it takes to pull off a challenging and successful scavenger hunt. It’s fun to create these adventures and it can be even more fun to participate in such an escapade. If you’ve ever been the designer for a scavenger hunt, you know the importance of considering who will be doing the hunting, along with their skill sets, some of their thought processes and willingness to go the extra mile.

Similar to the concept of a scavenger hunt, a treasure hunt can be all the more alluring for the simple reason that a “treasure” could be the outcome of the hunt.  Maybe in some way, God created a “treasure hunt” for the wise men when they set out to find “the King of the Jews,” as we read about in Matthew 2. 

Finding Jesus 2020 – Part 2

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In Going We Receive

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Christmas Traditions

What are some of your annual Christmas traditions? Do you attend an office Christmas party? Do you decorate your apartment or house to enjoy the holiday vibe? Do you make Christmas cookies? Attend special Christmas events? Enjoy the Christmas playlist on your phone? Do you go caroling? Drive around at night to relish the lights and decorations people put up to celebrate Christmas? Do you have special foods that you look forward to eating during the Christmas season?

Finding Jesus 2020 – Part 1

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The Gratitude Factor – Part 2

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Finding Jesus

I lost Jesus recently and didn’t realize I’d lost him until I started looking for Him.  How could I lose Jesus?  Particularly in December, it’s difficult for me to lose Jesus because during this month because I do a series in my blogs and YouTube channel related to finding Jesus.  I started doing this series over five years ago when I stole Jesus from our church’s manger scene and took pictures of Him in creative places. 

Continuous Conversation

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The Gratitude Factor – Part 1

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Shortcuts

I like shortcuts. I like to find quicker ways to get things done, faster ways to get to a location, streamlining my workflow to be more productive and using strategies to increase my successes. So on this snowy morning in Colorado, I was driving to work and seriously considered pulling out into traffic (on slick roads) to save a few seconds and get to work earlier. Then I thought about the likelihood that I’d get in a wreck and that would take me hours to resolve, in my attempt to save a few seconds.

Categories of People

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The Boomerang Thang

When I first heard about boomerangs, I thought it was kind of hooky that I could supposedly throw a stick away from me and it would come back to me. Someone explained that a boomerang wasn’t just any stick but rather a smoothly crafted piece of wood at an approximate 90 degree angle. Additionally, the boomerang is thrown with great force and will return to the person who threw it, or in close proximity. As a side note, there are also “non-returning” boomerangs if you want to explore this topic more thoroughly. From what I can see, boomerangs originated with the Aborigines in Australia, which reminded me of Crocodile Dundee, for those of us on the “more seasoned” spectrum of aging.

Connection Through Conversation!

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Conversations with Jesus

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Extracting Venom

“I hate snakes!” These were the words from Indiana Jones in Raiders of the Lost Ark, when he fell into an ancient room overflowing with snakes. I’m in complete agreement with Indiana Jones but not merely from a fictional experience. When I was growing up, I had a friend who rang our doorbell and when I opened the door, she had snakes slithering everywhere. She had snakes in her hair, coming out of her shirt, writhing around her arms and slipping through her fingers, everywhere. I freaked out and slammed the door so hard that our house shook. Snakes are no bueno for me, full stop.

So the snake talking with Eve in the garden of Eden is very perplexing to me. Eve didn’t seem to mind talking with the snake, but his venom through their conversation was deadly. The snake didn’t do his venom through fangs but rather through the dialogue with Eve. If we think about Satan being a snake, using words for venom, then it would be helpful to identify the venom or words that he uses for poison, similar to Satan slipping venom into Eve’s outlook through his slithery words.

Step into Jesus through Suffering

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Elections, Winners, and Losers

Did your candidate win? Did the local ballot initiatives and amendments turn out like you wanted? How are you feeling about the recent election and politics in general? I’m hopeful that we aren’t headed in a similar path with the presidential election of 2000 between Bush and Gore with the hanging chad challenge that seemed to drag on endlessly.

With that said, politics is often an interesting subject that can bring people together, create exclusivity, foster anxiety, accentuate conflict, facilitate dialogue and lots more.  With democracy, it would seem that citizens have more influence and input with politics in contrast to dictatorships, empires and kingdoms.  I’m making this observation because politics in Jesus’ day didn’t have democratic underpinnings.  Instead, the politics during Jesus’ lifetime were a complicated cobweb of power plays with King Herod, the Emperor in Rome, religious leaders in Jerusalem; and among soldiers, tax collectors and the average person trying to scratch out their daily existence.

When We Don’t Understand Jesus

Have you ever struggled to understand Jesus? Maybe you read something in the gospels that didn’t make sense to you. Perhaps you’re going through an experience that is very difficult and perplexing, causing you to question Jesus. There are seasons in our lives that can be very challenging, when we ask why, look for purposes, try to discover meaning or endeavor to cobble together value from hardships or horrific events.

Resurrection and Revelation!

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Politics: Fire, Flood and Flurry

How do you feel about politics? This can be a really loaded question, depending on when it’s asked and what we’re going through at that time. As I write this blog, we are moving into the home stretch for the Presidential election in 2020, on the backdrop of this massively bizarre and challenging year. It seems to me that there’s no shortage of emotion, intensity, opinion, conflict, concern, nor angst about this election. The debates on TV have evoked strong reactions, the issues being decided are very important and it’s sobering to think about the impact on the future this election could have, not only for our nation and the world but also for our local communities.

Want More Jesus!

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Red Letter Lives – Series

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Praying and Doubting

Have you ever prayed for something and it didn’t happen? Have you struggled with doubt when you pray? While I like praying, it can be really challenging and stretching for my faith when my prayers go unanswered or even seem to backfire. I don’t think I’m the only one that’s wrestled with this conundrum and it’s likely you could struggle with reconciling prayer, doubt, the lack of answers, etc. If you know someone who is doing this wrestle, feel free to send them this blog, as it might be helpful.

Let God Name You!

Start your Sundays with Sarah as she continues her series called Short Sunday Sermons! These will be short inspiring nuggets cut from Sarah’s sermons!

Behind the Scenes

Stuff that’s behind-the-scenes can sometimes be even more interesting than an actual event or presentation. For example, I really like the movie Ford v Ferrari because it kind of gives the backstory for Ken Miles racing in the Le Mans car race in France in 1966. I recognize that Hollywood takes a lot of liberties to make the big screen a financial success, but the backstory is nonetheless very compelling.

Accept Your Divine Design!

Start your Sundays with Sarah as she continues her series called Short Sunday Sermons! These will be short inspiring nuggets cut from Sarah’s sermons!

Wrestling With God

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Samples or Source?

Have you ever bought something from the grocery store because you tasted one of the samples and liked it so much that you wanted to get more? Pre-COVID, my friends and I joked about getting lunch at Costco from all the samples they used to have, a veritable rainbow of bites and tasty treats. We see these kinds of bite size meals demonstrated in a delicious reality through various cultures! There are several cultures that have appetizers as meals, like tapas in Spain, dim sum in Hong Kong, pikilia in Greece, kemia in Morocco and lots more!

Let the Holy Spirit Change You!

Start your Sundays with Sarah as she continues her series called Short Sunday Sermons! These will be short inspiring nuggets cut from Sarah’s sermons!

The Peach Problem

What’s your favorite fruit? And when is the best season for that fruit? My mom likes Rainier Cherries (the white cherries), but they have a really limited season. My favorite fruit is peaches. When they’re in season, I enjoy eating several a day with very great satisfaction. When they’re out of season, it’s a bummer because the peach flavor stuff is a poor substitute for the real thing.

Live Big – Ps 135:15-18

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Weeding Your Heart!

Start your Sundays with Sarah as she continues her series called Short Sunday Sermons! These will be short inspiring nuggets cut from Sarah’s sermons! Today Sarah teaches on how to keep your heart in the Word of God!

The Fear Thing

It seems to me that fear is a universal experience for being human and I’m sure you can think of your own situations when you’ve been afraid. I also think that various groups capitalize on the power of fear to influence and even control our thoughts, conversations, behaviors and outlook. In particular, this year seems to have lots of fear related to COVID, the news reporting, the upcoming presidential election, racial tensions and conflicts, rioting, protestors, travel restrictions and lots more. What do we do with fear, given how much it seems to be saturating this year?

Closed Doors

Do you ever feel like you are hanging by a thread? Join Sarah today for a powerful teaching that will help you recognize the open and closed doors God has placed in your life. Rest and be blessed in the knowledge that Jesus is your Door!

Open Doors

Do you ever feel like you are hanging by a thread? Join Sarah today for a powerful teaching which will help you recognize the open and closed doors God has placed in your life. Rest and be blessed in the knowledge that Jesus is your Door!

What is Jesus Saying?

Start your Sundays with Sarah as she continues her series called Short Sunday Sermons! These will be short inspiring nuggets cut from Sarah’s sermons! Today Sarah teaches on how to read and re-read parables and learn from them!

Story Time with Jesus

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Live Big – Jehoshaphat

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Meal Planning

Have you ever been in the middle of making a meal and discovered that you’re missing a key ingredient? This happens to me fairly regularly because I’m not very good at planning. In contrast, I have a friend who is really good at meal planning and I’m always super impressed with her! She thinks about what she wants to eat for the week, gets the groceries for those meals and makes everything on Saturday. She puts these meals in storage containers and pulls out a container each day for her meals. She personifies meal planning and I’m massively inspired by her!

How to Pray Using Verbs!

Start your Sundays with Sarah as she continues her series called Short Sunday Sermons! These will be short inspiring nuggets cut from Sarah’s sermons! Today Sarah teaches on a new idea for prayer!

Pickle Juice

Have you ever seen someone who looks like they drank pickle juice? They might look like their lips are puckered, eyes squinted, face contorted and they could seem like they are not very social or much aware of the people around them. Or have you seen someone who is pickled from drinking too much or hazy from smoking lots of weed? Being pickled or drinking pickle juice, are metaphors used to describe people in diverse conditions, affected by various things taken into the soul and stomach.

Walking into Hope

Do you find yourself in something hopeless or do you know someone who is going through a hopeless season? Sometimes life is very difficult and it can seem like we’re sloughing our way through quicksand and endless goop. It’s all the more challenging when we are trying to do everything right, with integrity, but nothing seems to result in positive outcomes.

Live Big – Mary

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Get in Front of Jesus!!

Start your Sundays with Sarah as she continues her series called Short Sunday Sermons! These will be short inspiring nuggets cut from Sarah’s sermons! Today Sarah teaches on how Jesus can help everyone!

Should You Wrestle with God?

As I think about the wrestling thing, my mind conjures up pictures and memories from watching WWE, UFC, MMA, boxing and even some recollections of the men in my family wrestling each other. All of these competitions are very physical, with one person exerting their strength and muscles against the other, trying to overcome them with both brains and brawn. If you watch any of these competitions, they’re extremely intense (even if the WWE has some theatricality to it).

Jesus is the Center!!

Start your Sundays with Sarah as she continues her series called Short Sunday Sermons! These will be short inspiring nuggets cut from Sarah’s sermons! Today Sarah teaches on how Jesus steps into the center of controversy and changes it for the better!

Jesus is the Cure

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Conflict, Complement, Compete

How can that be??? In our house, we have an axiom: the more smoke alarms that go off, the better the meal will be. This could seem counter-intuitive and you might think that I’m actually burning a meal rather than cooking it. But alas, in our house this axiom is very true, along with it’s opposite: no smoke alarms makes for a less-than-tasty meal. The smoke alarm might seem like a competing interest with a well cooked meal.

Has God Disappointed You?

Recently, I was in a Bible study and we were talking about Jesus’ words in Luke 11:9, where Jesus says, “So I say to you, ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.” One of the ladies in the group was really vulnerable when she shared how she’s unhappy with God about this verse. She explained that it seems like God is setting us up to be disappointed because God hasn’t given her the things for which she’s asked. And I totally agree with her.

Jesus Has Compassion!

Start your Sundays with Sarah as she continues her series called Short Sunday Sermons! These will be short inspiring nuggets cut from Sarah’s sermons! Today Sarah teaches on how Jesus heals many and cares for all!

Is There A Quarantine Cure?

The COVID-19 pandemic has been the central attention for news reporting this year, and it’s been quite the year! Wherever you are reading this blog, it’s likely that you’ve experienced some kind of quarantine, shelter at home, possibly a COVID-related death in your family or friend circle, maybe you’ve contracted and recovered from COVID and maybe it’s impacted your income, health and perspective. I suspect there’s not a person who is reading this blog that hasn’t been impacted by COVID-19.

Love is Freedom!

Start your Sundays with Sarah as she continues her series called Short Sunday Sermons! These will be short inspiring nuggets cut from Sarah’s sermons! Today Sarah teaches on how love can break bondage!

The Moths Are Gone

I keep finding moth carcasses in my house – under chairs, in corners, beside walls and in window tracks.  These are not the treasures I like to find.  On the plus side, when I slide open the back door for my porch, I’m not as concerned as I was a few weeks ago about letting moths in the house.  For longer than I like, I’d slide open the back door and close it super fast, hoping to let in only one moth rather than the seemingly Egyptian plague of hordes, waiting to make their residence in my house as if they belonged.

Sketchy People – Judas

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The Freedom Factor

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Don’t be Hostage to Fear!!

Start your Sundays with Sarah as she continues her series called Short Sunday Sermons! These will be short inspiring nuggets cut from Sarah’s sermons! Today Sarah teaches on how you can’t run from fear, or it will dominate your life.

The Hope Factor

A hopeless person can be very dangerous and we are living in a time when hope might seem to be getting increasingly scarce. Indeed, when I read or listen to the news on COVID, police brutality, partisan politics, economic woes, international instability and intrigue, police reform, along with racial tensions and observing heated exchanges between some of my neighbors, it can be challenging to keep hope vibrant and flourishing in these challenging times. But hope is very important, so let’s consider where we can get a steady supply of sturdy hope and not just empty or frothy hope.

Sketchy People – Saul

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High Octane Living

Genesis 50:17, “When their message came to him, Joseph wept.” Reading these words caused me to pause and think about their significance because it’s uncommon to see a grown man and world leader weep. What would cause Joseph to cry? Let’s consider that when Joseph wept, he was the second most powerful man in Egypt, his dad had just died and his brothers had sent word that their dad had asked Joseph to forgive his brothers for treating him so horribly. The message Joseph’s brothers sent him was the cause of his weeping. This message was Joseph’s father asking him to forgive his brothers.

Sketchy People – Samaritan Woman

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Jesus Reveals Himself to Us!

Start your Sundays with Sarah as she continues her series called Short Sunday Sermons! These will be short inspiring nuggets cut from Sarah’s sermons! Today Sarah teaches on how Jesus reveals himself to connect others!

Are You Free?

Happy Independence Day celebration! This weekend, we celebrate America’s separation from being a British colony and decision to be an independent and free nation. There were lots of sacrifices, decisions, activities and individuals that participated in the efforts to achieve freedom from British so it’s a great annual holiday to celebrate freedom!

Sketchy People – Zaccheus

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Live In We!

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JESUS Fosters Conversation!

Start your Sundays with Sarah as she continues her series called Short Sunday Sermons! These will be short inspiring nuggets cut from Sarah’s sermons! Today Sarah teaches on how Jesus lived in the tension of us versus them and how he fosters conversation!

Shady People – Nebuchadnezzar: King of Babylon

Join Sarah Bowling as she continues her series on Shady People! Today Sarah teaches on Nebuchadnezzar: King of Babylon, and how we should choose to love / believe in God regardless of power, wealth, and influence.

Just Practicing

My baked chickens have been notorious with my family for being dry, tasteless, rubbery and boring on a good day. My solution was to let everyone pour salsa, gravy or some helpful seasoning to make the rubbery chicken go down the gullet with a little more flavor. In my thinking, gravy or salsa covers a multitude of kitchen failures and sins.

The good news, is that I’ve discovered a recipe for baked chicken that is no longer dry, flavorless, rubbery nor dull. It’s taken me a few attempts to get comfortable with the recipe and process, but it’s well worth the effort! And lots of practice can make for lots of success.

JESUS is with US!

Start your Sundays with Sarah as she continues her series called Short Sunday Sermons! These will be short inspiring nuggets cut from Sarah’s sermons! Today Sarah teaches on how Jesus provides for us and nourishes us even in the midst of the enemy!

Shady People – Saul

Join Sarah Bowling as she continues her series on Shady People! Today Sarah teaches on Saul, and how we cannot let fear make our decisions!

Not the Apocalypse

All the shops were shuttered, hallways vacant, escalators were moving and only a smattering of people were seen, mostly keeping to themselves. This was my experience recently, doing my first venture back into the travel world and navigating a few airports. What has been bustling, busy, focused and populated now feels vacant, eerie and empty. It didn’t help that I saw someone on one of my planes in a full-blown hazmat suit, complete with safety goggles, booties for her shoes, gloves and duct tape around her ankles and wrists. Clearly, she preferred not to chat with me. I suspect she has a medical condition and was flying at great personal risk, so I prayed for her.

Distribution Agents

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What’s Your Mom’s Background?

Start your Sundays with Sarah as she continues her series called Short Sunday Sermons! These will be short inspiring nuggets cut from Sarah’s sermons! Today Sarah teaches on motherhood and how their background influences how they mother us!

Us and Them

How do you feel about wearing face masks? Do you want everyone to wear them to minimize the possible exposure risk to COVID? Do you resent someone telling you to cover half of your face and deal with struggling to breathe through a mask? Does it tick you off that you wear a mask and other people in the grocery store don’t? Or do you think that people who wear masks are over-reacting?

How about the racial stuff that’s overtaken the news headlines in the last few weeks? Are you angry that white people are insensitive and entitled? Are you upset that minorities are speaking out about injustices in police systems or judicial experiences?

Shady People – Lot: Abram’s Nephew

Join Sarah Bowling as she continues her series on Shady People! Today Sarah teaches on Lot: Abram’s nephew and how we must learn the lesson of making better quality choices and not just wealth choices.

JESUS Has Something For EVERYONE

Start your Sundays with Sarah as she continues her series called Short Sunday Sermons! These will be short inspiring nuggets cut from Sarah’s sermons! Today Sarah teaches on how Jesus heals us both physically and emotionally!

Race, Riots, and Religion

The attention and concern we gave to the COVID pandemic have largely been replaced by the outrage and upheaval from George Floyd’s senseless and brutal death in Minneapolis last week. I was appalled by what I saw. A week later, I’m still very disturbed by this atrocity. Furthermore, our nation has exploded with protests, demonstrations and outrage, some of which has been peaceful and some has been violent and destructive. The religious establishment (archbishops, the Pope, denominations, etc.) have responded by condemning racism and calling for peace and reconciliation.

Choose to WALK With GOD!

Start your Sundays with Sarah as she continues her series called Short Sunday Sermons! These will be short inspiring nuggets cut from Sarah’s sermons! Today Sarah teaches on what choices we make and how we can walk with God!

Are We Talking??

I recently had a fun email dialogue with a friend about a writing project and I was asking for her help with this project. In her reply to my request, she asked if I wanted to chat by phone, in person or by Zoom. I chuckled when I read her reply because the COVID stuff has helped me get more creative on ways to communicate. In general, I feel like I’m relatively creative with communication because of doing lots of international travel such that I’m good at texting, wifi, international cell phone coverage, etc. All of these communication methods cause me to think about the variety of ways that God communicates with us.

God’s Friend – Part 4

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Jesus Restores Your Soul!

Start your Sundays with Sarah as she continues her series called Short Sunday Sermons! These will be short inspiring nuggets cut from Sarah’s sermons! Today Sarah teaches on all that Jesus gives us!

Love Is: The Good Shepherd

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How God Works

My daughter and I were making dinner together last night and I really enjoyed not only the time together, but also the shared work, productivity, conversation, tasty outcomes and all of her help. It’s not the first time we’ve cooked in the kitchen and it’s really pleasant for me when we work together because it feels a little bit like a symphony.

God’s Friend – Part 3

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Pandemic Reaction: Are You Frustrated, Frightened, Fulfilled?

“I’m frustrated with this whole COVID thing and how it’s making life needlessly complicated and stressful!”

“I found the lock-down time to be really fulfilling, as it gave me an incredible opportunity to pause and level-set my priorities, connect more deeply with my family and I caught up on some major house projects!”

These are some of the reactions I’ve heard as they relate to COVID and its impact in our daily living. For myself, I’d have to say I’ve experienced all of these reactions over the recent months, depending on the day. So maybe it would be helpful to look at each reaction and see how Jesus might reply.

God’s Friend – Part 2

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Choose to LIVE in the PEACE of JESUS!

Start your Sundays with Sarah as she continues her series called Short Sunday Sermons! These will be short inspiring nuggets cut from Sarah’s sermons! Today Sarah discusses choosing to live in the protection and love of Jesus!

The Transformation

For several weeks, my hair has been moving in the skunk direction, as the white streak on my part is growing more and more conspicuous. In full disclosure, which doesn’t bother me in the least, my hair is entirely grey if not altogether white. I inherited the pre-mature grey thing from my dad, discovering my first grey hair when I was 13 or 14 years old. And someday, in the not very distant future, I’m going to let my hair grow out and revel in the grey, but not quite now.

God’s Friend – Part 1

Join Sarah Bowling as she starts her new series on God’s Friend! God always wants to be our friend with no hidden agendas or distortions, He is genuine. Ask God to be your friend and let Him into your heart today!

JESUS Is Genuine LOVE!

Start your Sundays with Sarah as she continues her series called Short Sunday Sermons! These will be short inspiring nuggets cut from Sarah’s sermons! Today Sarah discusses on getting yourself in front of Jesus, who is genuine love!

Lockdown Lessons

How’s the lockdown/quarantine thing going for you? Do you find that some days are better than others? Have you undertaken some home projects, like cleaning out a closet or organizing the pantry? Are you running out of things to do & hoping this adventure comes to an end sooner rather than later?

What To Do In A Crisis – Part 3

Join Sarah Bowling as she finishes her series on What To Do In A Crisis! Always remember to stay strong when everything else is going wrong!